How can I tell if my airplant is going to pup?

So you have air plants (Tillandsia), they have flowered and you are anxiously pacing up and down waiting for the patter of little leaves. How can you tell if you need to prepare for another little plant to care for? There are a few signs to look out for. Air plant lore has it that plants […]

How do I water an airplant?

An air plant needs water, food and light like other plants do. Because it doesn’t root in the soil and lives off the ground, many people think it doesn’t need watering and lives on air. This is wrong. This is why your air plants have died. It doesn’t use its roots to take up water, […]

How can I tell if my air plant is going to flower?

In the south east corner of the UK, my air plants seem to flower either in the late summer or in the late winter (very roughly). It takes a long time for them to build up to it, rather like giving out ‘save the day’ cards to all their friends, and then faffing around for […]

What is a Tillandsia?

A Tillandsia is the scientific name for what many people call an air plant. They are members of the bromeliad family, and most are epiphytes. Other bromeliads are the pineapple, spanish moss and the plant in which small frogs live, mentioned by Terry Pratchett in the Bromeliad Trilogy. Tillandsias are mostly smaller and more able to […]

‘Tis the season…

…to bring the last of your houseplants indoors if they have been holidaying outside. Here in the far south east of England the temperatures have dropped to about 3c overnight, which means that even the mediterranean-type plants (those hardy to just above or brief periods below 0c) will need protection. If you are faced with […]